The '''Urban Institute''' is a Washington DC-based think tank
that carries out economic and social policy research to "open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions."
[[http://www.urban.org/about/ About the Urban Institute]]
The institute receives funding from government contracts, foundations and private donors. The Urban Institute measures policy effects, compares options, shows which stakeholders get the most and least, tests conventional wisdom, reveals trends, and makes costs, benefits, and risks explicit.
[[http://www.collegegrad.com/topemployers/urban.shtml CollegeGrad.com Top Entry Level Employers - Urban Institute]]
The Urban Institutue is described as a "leading liberal think tank" by the Los Angeles Times
[[http://articles.latimes.com/1988-06-12/news/mn-7095_1_urban-institute Urban Institute, Leading Liberal Think Tank, Marks 20th Birthday.]]